I heard the words of a new song by Reba McEntire called "Back to God." One of the lines stood out to me. The line said "We can't love like this."
Today's Minute In It talks about how we are supposed to treat each other. Read through it and then answer the questions at the bottom.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Romans 12:9-18 (NLT)
- What does it look like to pretend to love others? Do you think that you have to fake it til you make it when it comes to loving difficult people?
- What would really loving them instead look like?
- How much do I cherish what is good versus what is evil?
- What does it look like to honor someone?
- How would I go about honoring someone I love? How would I go about honoring someone I don't particularly like?
- Do I pray for the people who persecute me?
- Do I live my life reflecting Jesus no matter what my personal opinion?
What questions does this text make you think of?